|1950 Dodge Power Wagon . .|
64 times bigger than original model
The answer: The “most expensive garage in the world” and site of The Emirates National Car Museum.
HH Sheikh Hamad
Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
Roger and his “Silver Surfer”
about to take on the Yas Formula One Track in Abu Dhabi
While a few have the full breath of the rainbow hue, there is also a collection of Mercedes in the seven shades of the rainbow - one for each day. These were specially made in 1984 by Mercedes for the Sheikh’s wedding celebration.
Now, we are not just talking about painting the exterior of the car, we are talking about EVERYTHING inside and out including hubcaps, dashboard, seats, bumpers, etc.
Dodge “power wagon” with a picture of
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan,founder of the UAE
Towering above the collection is a 16-foot tall working Dodge “power wagon” pickup truck (also pictured in the opening paragraph).
Proudly displayed on the tarmac outside the museum’s entrance is the world’s largest caravan – actually us American’s would call it a motor home. Recorded in the 1993 Guinness Book of Records, this two-story true “ship of the desert” contains 8 bedrooms and baths, four garages and comes specially equipped for desert travel with 5,297 gallons of water storage. Wonder what happened to the rainbow colors here?
There is a shiny see-through disco car, bubble and mini cars, some racing cars, a helicopter and in a bow to the historic beginning of the motorized vehicle, a 1890 Benz 3-wheeler.
To make sure he covered all the bases there is a New York City Taxi and a California Highway Patrol car.
|Roger shares the Sheikh's love of 1950 Ford pickup trucks|
The most expensive car is the Rolls Royce used byQueen Elizabeth on her 1980 visit to the UAE
|1970 Pontiac Firebird|
|All welded steel hulled Daimler Ferret|
|Fashionable Range Rover|
To get to the museum take a nice leisurely road trip to the desert. From Dubai take the Sheikh Zayed Road (E11) look for Mafrag. After passing the airport continue on same road towards Tarif. Take Exit 306 to turn onto E65 toward Hameem.
Oh, and be careful of the roaming camels. Not!
And Roger, you will be relieved to know there is only one ancient site on the island to explore – an Arabic fort made of mud!
My bags are packed.